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Why Visit United Kingdom?

The United Kingdom may not be the first country that springs to mind when it comes to wine focused holidays and experiences, but the country is enjoying a boom in wine production. New vineyards are popping up across the country all the time: from Kent to Cornwall, Surrey to Sussex. There are wineries as far north as Fife in Scotland and as far west as Anglesey in Wales. In fact, by 2100 the UK is predicted to be a major player on the global winemaking stage. Visit the UK and discover this exciting, up-and-coming wine region for yourself. 

Since the release of Nyetimber’s 1992 Blanc de Blancs, one of the very first English sparkling wines, the country’s reputation as a quality sparkling wine producer has strengthened. Indeed, English sparkling wines are often compared, rather favourably, to that slightly more well-known region across the Channel called Champagne. If the rumours are to be believed, the increasingly warmer climate and favourable terroir has even enticed French Champagne houses to invest in areas of England’s green and pleasant land for grape growing. Not convinced? Visit Wiston Estate, Gusbourne or Hush Heath where you can taste their critically acclaimed bubbles. 

We’re talking about whisky of course: Scotland’s national drink. Scotland is home to over 100 working distilleries, each creating a whisky that is unique in flavour and character. The best way to discover which whisky suits your palate is to visit one, or more, of Scotland’s five whisky producing regions and sample a few. Many distilleries offer tours, tastings, and the opportunity to learn the process of whisky production. 

The United Kingdom boasts stunning natural landscapes and areas of outstanding natural beauty. When you’re not wine and whisky tasting take time to explore the country’s natural wonders: the pristine lakes and river valleys; rolling hills and mountainous peaks; sandy beaches, windswept cliffs, and craggy coastline. Journey away from the bright lights of the big cities and discover the country’s historic towns and picturesque villages where a pub lunch is a quintessentially British experience. 

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